No. 4 USC Set For NCAA Regional

May 13, 2009

The No. 3 USC men's golf team, boasting four returning All-Americans, includeing former NCAA champion in Jamie Lovemark and the current No. 2 player in the country Matt Giles, begins the quest for its first championship ring as a No. 1 seed in one of six 54-hole NCAA regional tournaments, set for May 14-16.

USC is the top seed in the regional hosted by the University of San Francisco at the Lake Merced G.C. in Daly City, Calif. Other top 25-ranked teams in USC's regional include No. 13 Texas A&M, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 22 San Diego State.

Play at the Par-72, 6,863-yard course begins each day at 8:30 a.m. off the 1st and 10th tees. Live results of the event will be available at Golfstat.com.

The six 54-hole regional tournaments will all be conducted May 14-16. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA final from each regional.

The NCAA Championship final will be conducted May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The University of Toledo is the host institution for this year's championships. The finals also will have a new format, with the final eight teams after 54 holes facing off in match play to determine the national champion. The individual winner will be crowned after 54 holes instead of 72 as in past years.

Nine Pac-10 schools (all but Washington State) were selected to play in the NCAA Tournament, including top-seeds USC, Stanford and Washington.

LAST YEAR AT THE 2008 NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Last year, Rory Hie and Tom Glissmeyer each posted top 6 results to guide the then-No. 2 USC men's golf team to its first-ever NCAA Regional title at the 2008 NCAA Championships West Regional at the Gold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash. The win was the Trojans' fourth in its past six events. USC wrapped up play at 2-under 862 (291-283-288), two shots ahead of Oregon (864).

Junior Jamie Lovemark
Lovemark is a two-time All-American first teamer who won the 2007 NCAA individual championship and a slew of awards including 2007 Player of the Year. He is coming off a 2008 sophomore season in which he finished in the top 16 in all but one tournament. He tied for team high with seven top 10 finishes (all in the top 8) ... Lovemark began 2009 in strong fashion, finishing in the top 10 in his first four events. That included a second-place finish in Troy's most recent event at the UH Hilo Invitational. He also tied for seventh at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate and tied for 10th in the 2008 Fall Preview and the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational ... But a broken pinky finger suffered at the start of the spring season cost him USC's first two spring events. Now fully healed, he is regaining his form as the postseason approaches ... He has five rounds in the 60s this season and is second on the team in stroke average (72.92) ... He was on the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award watch list. He was a finalist for the award in 2008 and a semifinalist for it in 2007.

Sophomore Matt Giles
Giles, a 2008 All-American honorable mention selection, had two top 11 finishes as a freshman and six in the top 27 ... He has dominated as a sophomore, vaulting to the No. 2 ranking among NCAA golfers thanks to six top 7 finishes and eight in the top 11. He was top 7 in the first five the events this year. He was fourth at the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational (1-under 215) and the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational (6-under 207), tied for fourth at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate (2-under 214) and the U.S. Intercollegiate (8-under 202) and tied for seventh at the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational ... At the 2008 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic (a non-team event), Giles tied for fourth ... USC's leader in stroke average (71.39) and rounds in the 60s (nine), he was a semifinalist for the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award ... Giles was also recently named to the Golf Australia national team.

Senior Tom Glissmeyer
Glissmeyer, a 2008 All-American honorable mention pick, posted six top 16 finishes as a 2008 junior and posted three consecutive top six finishes late in the year, including tying for sixth at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Regional Championships ... Glissmeyer has three top 10 finishes this year and six in the top 21, including a tie for first at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, when he won with a 1-under 213 (69-70-73). He had back-to-back top 10 finishes with a tie for seventh in the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational and a third at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate. He has six rounds in the 60s this season ... He was USC's high finisher at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, tying for 21st.

Sophomore Tim Sluiter
Sluiter, a 2008 All-American honorable mention pick, had seven top 14 finishes and four in the top 10 as a 2008 freshman, including a tie for ninth at the 2008 NCAA Championships (where he was USC's top finisher). He also won the individual title at the 2008 USC Collegiate Invitational ... As a sophomore, Sluiter has five top 10 finishes, including a tie for first at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72). He tied for fourth at the U.S. Intercollegiate with an 8-under 202 (69-67-66), was seventh at the 2009 USC Collegiate (which included a final-round 65), tied for seventh at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate and tied for 10th at the 2008 Fall Preview. He also competed in the 2008 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic (a non-team event) ... He is third on the team in stroke average (73.00) and has five rounds in the 60s.

Sophomore Bo DeHuff
DeHuff played in three events as a 2008 redshirt freshman, tying for 50th twice for season-best finishes. Among his six events in 2009 was the Pac-10 Championships, where he tied for 49th. His final-round 72 was among his best on the season and counted toward USC's total that round ... He tied for 14th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, tied for 51st at the USC Collegiate Invitational and tied for 56th at the UH Hilo Invitational, which included a final-round 67.

Senior Ryan Linton
Linton, who played in two events as a junior, has already exceeded that total, playing among USC's starters in six events this year. His best finish last year was a tie for 20th at the USC Collegiate Invitational, something he already bettered with a 14th finish at the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational at 1-over 217 (76-69-72). He also tied for 30th at the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational and tied for 33rd at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate.

Freshman Steve Lim
Lim has come on strong as a freshman, becoming a regular member of USC's starting five. In six outings with the Trojans, he has three top 20 finishes, highlighted by his tie for eighth at the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational (when he was playing as an individual). He finished the event at 1-under 212 (71-71-70). He also tied for 18th at the U.S. Intercollegiate with a 2-under 208 (70-70-68) and tied for eighth at the Bill Cullum Invitational at 4-under 212 (69-70-73) and tied for 45th at the CordeValle Collegiate ... He has two rounds in the 60s.

Senior Gavin Reid
Reid has played in three events this season, tying for 30th at the Bill Cullum Invitational, tying for 46th at the USC Collegiate Invitational and taking 77th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate.

Sophomore Daniel Park
Park has played in two events this season, tying for 41st at the Bill Cullum Invitational and tying for 57th at the USC Collegiate Invitational.



Season Recaps

2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview
Tim Sluiter fired a 4-under 67 and finished tied for 10th with junior teammate Jamie Lovemark as the No. 2 USC men's golf team finished fourth at the highly competitive 2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview at the Inverness C.C. in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 30.USC finished with a combined 15-over 867 (286-291-290). Oklahoma State (843) took first and was followed by Tennessee (859), Georgia (861), USC and Alabama (868).Sluiter (76-70-67) and Lovemark (66-76-71) tied for 10th at even 213. Sluiter's 67 featured four birdies without a bogey as he tied his low round as a Trojan. He did it twice as a freshman last season. Lovemark also had four birdies on the day. USC extended its streak of finishing in the top four to 12 consecutive tournaments.

2008 Ping/Golfweek Fall Preview
Matt Giles finished fourth and Jamie Lovemark tied for 10th to lead the No. 2 USC men's golf team on the final day of the 2008 Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 26-28) at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla. USC finished fifth at 30-over 894 (290-289-315). Giles, in his first event of the season, posted his second-best finish as a Trojan, finishing fourth at 1-under 215 (72-69-74). He had three birdies on the day, finishing as the top Trojan during a round marred by inclement weather. Lovemark tied for 10th at 2-over 218 (75-68-75). He posted his second eagle in as many days on the par 5 7th hole and also birdied the 10 hole.

2008 CordeValle Collegiate
USC completed a wire-to-wire victory in dominating fashion, placing four players in the top seven spots and winning the UCLA-hosted 2008 CordeValle Collegiate by a whopping 26 strokes (Nov. 3-5) at the CordeValle C.C. in San Martin, Calif.

In a tournament in which six players play and five are counted, the Trojans finished at even 1080 (357-362-361), 26 strokes ahead of second-place Stanford (1106). Tim Sluiter won his second tournament as a Trojan, tying for first at 4-under 212 (70-70-72). He tied with Washington's Nick Taylor. Tom Glissmeyer took third at 3-under 213 (74-71-68), Matt Giles tied for fourth at 2-under 214 (69-72-73) and Jamie Lovemark tied for seventh at 1-over 217 (70-72-75).

2009 UH Hilo Invitational
Jamie Lovemark, Tom Glissmeyer and Matt Giles were all under par to lead a strong final-round team effort to lift the USC men's golf team to victory at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate (Feb. 4-6) at the Waikoloa C.C. in Waikoloa, Hawaii. USC finished first at 13-under 851 (285-284-282), extending its lead over Washington to 11 strokes by day's end as the Huskies finished second at 862. The victory was USC's second in a row. Lovemark came close to claiming his first collegiate victory since winning the 2007 NCAA individual title. Instead, he finished alone in second at 5-under 211 (69-73-69), a stroke out of first. Giles (72-70-71) and Glissmeyer (72-72-70) tied for seventh at 3-under 213.

2009 USC Collegiate Invitational
Sophomores Matt Giles and Tim Sluiter posted top 10 finishes to lead the USC men's golf team as it finished fourth at the Trojan-hosted 2009 USC Collegiate at the North Ranch C.C. in Westlake Village, Calif., (Feb. 23-24). Stanford won the event at 13-under 839 (284-276-279) while BYU took second at 3-under 849 (275-287-287). Cal was third at 6-over 858 (285-286-287) and USC moved from eighth to fourth on the final day, finishing at 7-over 859 (292-292-275). The Trojans played without two-time All-American junior Jamie Lovemark for the first time. Lovemark missed the event while recovering from a broken finger. Giles, 1-under after 36 holes, fired a 5-under 66 to take fourth. Sluiter used a strong final round to finish seventh at 2-under 211 (71-75-65). The event's defending individual champion carded six birdies, including three in a row on 7, 8 and 9, and eagled the par 5 12th hole. USC freshman Steve Lim, playing as an individual, turned in Troy's third-best 54-hole score with a 1-under 212 (71-71-70), his best effort as a Trojan. He finished tied for eighth after a final round that included four birdies.

2009 Southern Highlands Collegiate
Sophomore Matt Giles posted his sixth top 7 finish in as many events this season, tying for second-place to lead the No. 2 USC men's golf team in the final round of the 2009 Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship on Sunday (March 15) at the Southern Highlands G.C. in Las Vegas, Nev. USC, still playing without injured two-time All-American Jamie Lovemark (broken finger), moved from a tie for eighth into fifth at 15-over 879 (295-294-290) after registering the fourth-best final round. Giles tied for second at 6-under 210 (67-71-72), four back of first place. It was his highest finish this season and fifth in the top 4. Three-over after seven holes, Giles used an eagle on 9 and three birdies to help him get back to par for the rest of the round. Senior Tom Glissmeyer tied for 11th at 2-over 218 (76-69-73), his third top 11 finish in five events. He finished with 17 birdies in 54 holes.

2009 Morris Williams Intercollegiate
Senior Tom Glissmeyer earned his first medalist honors as a Trojan, tying for first place to lead USC men's golf team to second place at the 2009 Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the University of Texas G.C. in Austin, Texas, on Monday (March 30). USC, which saw the return of two-time All-American junior Jamie Lovemark (broken finger), finished third at 39-over 891 (291-293-307). Oklahoma State (863) took first. Glissmeyer, whose best finish this year was third and his best finish as a Trojan was a tie for second last season, carded a final round 2-over to finish at 1-under 212 (69-70-73). Sophomore Tim Sluiter tied for seventh at 8-over 221 (72-74-75). He had four birdies on the day and was par over the final 16 holes after opening at 4-over through the first two holes.

2009 U.S. Collegiate Championship
Sophomores Matt Giles and Tim Sluiter tied for 11th and 17th, respectively, leading USC during a final round played in snow flurries at the 2009 U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., on Tuesday (April 7). The Trojans finished ninth at 24-over 888 (285-308-295), 12 back of winner Clemson (876). Giles finished at 4-over 220 (67-77-76) with Sluiter a shot back at 5-over 221 (72-75-74). Both players knocked in three birdies on the day.

2009 U.S. Intercollegiate
Sophomores Matt Giles and Tim Sluiter tied for fourth and led the No. 3 USC men's golf team to a second-place finish at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate on Sunday (April 19) at Stanford (Calif.) G.C. USC began and finished the day in second. Troy combined for the second-lowest round of the day and finished the 54-hole event at 21-under 819 (277-268-274). The Trojans, who have finished outside the top five only once this year, couldn't overcome a blazing Washington team that won with a 36-under 804. Giles, who carded his eighth and ninth rounds in the 60s on Saturday, finished at 8-under 202 (68-63-71) after a 1-over final round. The tie for fourth was his sixth top 7 finish of the season and fifth in the top 4. Sluiter, who entered the event with two rounds in the 60s this season, carded three this weekend to finish at 8-under 202 (69-67-66). His final round included six birdies, including four on a 3-under back 9.

2009 Pac-10 Championships
Senior Tom Glissmeyer tied for 21st to lead USC at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. The Trojans finished eighth at the Seattle (Wash.) G.C. (April 27-29). USC turned in its best round on the final day, but not enough to move up the scoreboard. Host-school Washington, enjoying a home-course advantage, won the team title at 16-under 1424 (365-360-347-352) while fellow Northwest school Oregon took second at 2-over 1442 (366-363-350-363). Arizona State was third (1456) and was followed by Stanford (1457), Oregon State (1464), UCLA (1466), Cal (1467), USC (1474), Arizona (1483) and Washington State (1524). Glissmeyer, Troy's top finisher, tied for 21st at 4-over 292 (71-75-72-74) and he had two birdies on the day.



Listed below are the teams and individuals selected to participate in the championships. Teams winning automatic qualification are designated by their conferences in parentheses.

Galloway National Golf Club - Galloway, New JerseyHosted by Columbia University

Teams (seeded in the following order)
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
4. Tennessee
5. Wake Forest
6. Colorado State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
9. Virginia
10. Penn State
11. Minnesota
12. VCU (Colonial Athletic Association)
13. Columbia (Ivy Group)
14. Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)

Individuals
1. Kevin O'Connell, North Carolina
2. Dan Woltman, Wisconsin
3. Robert Karlsson, Liberty
4. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
5. Eric Hawerchak, Central Connecticut

University of Texas Golf Club - Austin, TexasHosted by the University of Texas

Teams
1. Stanford
2. Florida
3. Texas Tech
4. Texas
5. UNLV
6. California
7. Lamar (Southland Conference)
8. Michigan
9. Texas-Arlington
10. Virginia Tech
11. Mississippi State
12. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

Individuals
1. Glenn Northcutt, Auburn
2. Ken Looper, New Orleans
3. Cole Moreland, Auburn
4. Adam Cornelson, New Orleans
5. Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana6. Jeff Gerlich, Texas State
7. Matthew Carvell, Southeastern Louisiana
8. Corey Roberson, Texas State
9. Fergal Rafferty, Sam Houston
10. Gonzalo Berlin, Jacksonville State

Lake Merced Golf Club - Daly City, CaliforniaHosted by the University of San Francisco

Teams
1. USC
2. Texas A&M
3. Arizona State
4. San Diego State
5. UC Davis (Big West Conference)
6. Oregon
7. New Mexico
8. Colorado
9. UC Irvine
10. Kansas State
11. Oregon State
12. San Diego
13. San Francisco (West Coast Conference)

Individuals
1. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State
2. Brady Johnson, Brigham Young
3. Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge
4. Scott Smith, Nevada
5. Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
6. Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young
7. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State
8. Kevin Tucker, Washington State
9. Bhavik Patel, Fresno State
10. Greg Moss, Loyola Marymount

Red Tail Golf Club - Sorrento, FloridaHosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission

Teams
1. Georgia (Southeastern Conference)
2. Indiana
3. South Carolina
4. Central Florida (Conference USA)
5. Florida State
6. Arizona
7. Augusta State
8. Kentucky
9. Georgia Southern
10. Georgia State
11. Iowa
12. Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference)
13. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)
14. Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Individuals
1. Zach Sucher, UAB
2. M. Etienne Bussierres, South Alabama
3. Josh Brock, North Carolina-Wilmington
4. Bill Jones III, Mercer
5. Kelly McHugh, Florida Atlantic

The Club at Olde Stone - Bowling Green, KentuckyHosted by Western Kentucky University

Teams
1. Washington (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
3. North Carolina State
4. UCLA
5. Mississippi
6. East Tennessee State
7. Duke
8. Louisville (Big East Conference)
9. Ohio State
10. Vanderbilt
11. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt Conference)
12. Austin Peay State (Ohio Valley Conference)
13. Cleveland State (Horizon League)
14. Bucknell (The Patriot League)

Individuals
1. Mike Van Sickle, Marquette
2. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier
3. Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky
4. Tyler Duncan, Purdue
5. John Montgomery, Alabama State

Karsten Creek Golf Club - Stillwater, OklahomaHosted by Oklahoma State University

Teams
1. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
2. Arkansas
3. TCU (Mountain West Conference)
4. LSU
5. Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
6. Pepperdine
7. Michigan State
8. Baylor
9. Northwestern
10. Tulsa
11. Denver
12. Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
13. Oral Roberts (The Summit League)

Individuals
1. Trent Peterson, South Dakota State
2. Peter Malnati, Missouri
3. Tom Whitney, Air Force
4. Kelly Kraft, SMU
5. Eric Onesi, Old Dominion
6. Chris Ross, Eastern Michigan
7. Roger Sloan, UTEP
8. Nate Page, Southern Utah
9. Devin Carrey, Louisiana-Lafayette
10. James Kwon, SMU

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